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December 19, 2012

ND reviews security after Newtown

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“‘Blue,’ from the Indianapolis Colts, came and presented the Play 60 program,” Berry continued. “It was very interactive. The teachers even had a touchdown dance-off.”

In other elementary-school news, Berry said first- and fourth-graders presented “A Bugz Christmas”; fourth-grade writing students received published books they’d written; English/language arts and math teachers in grades four through 12 met to create a vertical alignment action plan of the common core standards; fifth-graders working on persuasive writing skills wrote letters to Santa telling him why he should bring them the gifts they wanted; Rita Sue Wilson’s kindergarten class wrote a book, “Recipes for Memories”; the Parent/Teacher Organization purchased materials for students to make Christmas ornaments for their parents; and Julie Taylor, of The Taylor’ed Look, donated more than a dozen haircuts to children. Berry also announced upcoming events for the remainder of the week.

“We have a lot of community outreach going on,” Berry added.

She said the sixth grade is visiting Parkview Christian Care Thursday, and several groups are working on goodwill donations for Christmas.

The elementary principal also walked board members through beginning-of-the-year data for grades K-2 and ACUITY data from the first nine weeks for grades 3-6. She completed her report by telling the board there will be two student teachers from Vincennes University second semester: Jordan Crew will be in Anita Stuffle’s kindergarten class and Kim Wesner’s special education class, and Jayna Swartz will be in Lana Burch’s special ed class and Peg Neidigh’s third-grade class.

High School Principal Jed Jerrels reported 260 letters were mailed to students in grades nine through 12 who have the opportunity to register for dual credits through Oakland City University second semester. He said the program is paying off for students, one of whom graduated recently and will be a first-semester senior in college next semester. Jerrels said the student told him the capstone class North Daviess now requires was very useful. The principal said the goal is to make the class useful not only to students planning a post-secondary education, but also to those planning to join the military or go straight into the workforce.

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